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Bear chair and table set for kids

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I made this bear chair and table set for my daughters a few years ago and they really enjoyed it.
I used 3/4" thick lauan, a fairly light wood from the Philippines usually used for shelving and door frames etc.
This was my first attempt at furniture not using any screws or nails. Only dowels and glue were used.
I don't have photos taken during construction, but I have included "blow-up" illustrations in the following steps. I have also uploaded a Sketchup 3D file of the plans, and a 2D EPS file of the cutting layout on a 4x8' sheet of plywood.
This whole set will take up a bit less than half of one 4x8' piece of plywood.
(Click on the [i] at the top left of photos to see an enlarged version.)

Materials used
- One 4x8' piece of plywood (3/4" = 2 cm thick)
- 24 4 cm dowels (1 cm diameter)
- Wood glue

Tools used
- Handheld circular saw
- Handheld jig saw
- Power drill (and 1 cm bit)
- Hand saw
- Router (using a corner round bit, and a straight plunge bit)
- Large woodwork bar clamps (in my case I just used weights so clamps were not really necessary)
- Small orbital sander
- Paintbrush and varnish
 
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Step 1: Plan layout

Picture of Plan layout
All of the pieces will fit into just under half of one 4x8' piece of plywood (*see the last step if you are not using plywood)
I have also uploaded an EPS version of the plan layout, and a 3D Sketchup version, which can be downloaded from the first page of this Instructable.

- Next step, how it fits together.
canuckinjapan (author) 1 year ago
They have already been broken - and I had already covered this in a note (*As I mentioned...) at the end of the Instructable regarding the grain direction.
joshr1231 year ago
With how the grain of the wood on the table is going if someone stands on it, it will break. I'd suggest next time have the grain going up
wow, fantastic table n chairs
I spent hours looking for exactly this.
My grandkids will love you.
tuvm
habeeba2 years ago
very beautiful, I run a school, I think I can use this design for baby sitting class room. The wood grain & texture looks very attractive to us grown ups, don't you think, we should paint it with bright colours to make it attractive to the tiny tots?
canuckinjapan (author)  habeeba2 years ago
Thanks. I think this chair and table set would be great in a school/kindergarten setting, or a clinic waiting room etc. You can make two complete sets from one piece of 4x8' plywood.
I made a quick render of a few different colour combinations, hope that helps.
(You can click on the image to enlarge it.)
bear-chair-table-colour.jpg
arsseller2 years ago
Well done, nice and simple. I think the kids will be happy, I love to create furniture
foobear2 years ago
mega cute and professionally done
VACH.2 years ago
so adorable!
canuckinjapan (author) 2 years ago
Thanks for the kind words, greatly appreciated.
skiedra2 years ago
Awesome build!
ChrysN2 years ago
That looks adorable! Nicely done.
mrmath2 years ago
Very nice! Looks absolutely amazing!